Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce After Business Mixer

I have been involved with the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce for a while now, and have truly appreciated what they have done to support my business. Because of this support I am pleased to reciprocate whenever I can. I became an Ambassador of The Chamber back in January of this year and have enjoyed the additional commitment that came with the position.

The After Business Mixer on May 29th is part of the 140th Anniversary Celebrations that are going on all year with the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce. They are planning to have 40 exhibitors, and are expecting over 200 guests. Our booth will be front and centre feel free to stop by and say hello. Tickets are available from any chamber member or can be downloaded by clicking FREE TICKET. The event is being hosted at The Met and I know you can feel safe because we installed the Ansul R-102 fire suppression systems throughout the facility.

I can’t wait to see you there! 

There is protection within the herd!

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Are Your Pipes Clean?

I recently read an article written by Stan Oman titled Clear Pipes, Clear Conscience. It was really well written because it laid out the inherent dangers of not insuring the piping on suppression systems is clear. This has been an issue in Manitoba and Saskatchewan for some time, and while the Manitoba Fire Extinguishing Equipment Assn. (MFEEA) has endorsed puff testing, many companies in both provinces are still not doing this critical part of the suppression inspection.

I would strongly recommend that you ensure the service provider you are using is actually preforming this test while doing the semi-annual inspection of your kitchen suppression system.

Enjoy Stan’s article.

Clear Pipes, Clear Conscience:

Checking Restaurant Systems for Obstructions

By Stan Oman

One of the largest liability areas of our industry involves pre-engineered restaurant systems. Any semi-annual maintenance that can be performed to reduce this liability would be advantageous to both our customers and us as service providers. One important maintenance service is verifying that the agent distribution piping of a restaurant system is not obstructed. An obstructed system increases liability because the system will not work as it should when activated. Pipe maintenance is, and has been, a requirement in NFPA 17 and 17A. Manufacturers’ manuals can vary on the frequency. Some manuals require it annually while others are on a semi-annual basis. Some service providers perform this maintenance on a regular basis while others have not seen the value in doing it. Blocked piping in a restaurant system can occur anywhere in the piping network, greatly reducing the flow of agent to particular appliances or areas of the cooking hood. Finding these blockages during an inspection reveals tangible evidence to show the customer and explain the possibility of what might have happened (or not happened) in the event of a discharge. Checking the piping network does require additional time on site for the technicians and should also require some additional service billing. The easiest way to verify clear piping is to break the union at the agent cylinder and blow regulated compressed air or nitrogen through the piping. While doing this the technician can easily verify air or nitrogen is flowing from the nozzles. When a nozzle does not have gas flowing from it, the tech can begin to dismantle the piping accordingly to check for obstructions. A simple procedure that is commonly overlooked that would help prevent blocked piping is the flushing of systems following an actual discharge (all manufacturers as well as the 2013 edition of NFPA 17A require piping to be flushed following a system discharge). If flushing does not occur, the agent could crystalize and eventually clog the pipe or nozzles of the system. Another benefit to flushing is finding broken pipe, supply lines not attached correctly, and open-ended fittings. As a result of regular pipe maintenance, service providers will be able to reduce liability, increase repair revenue, and profit overall. These are three things that any fire protection company would like to see.

©2013 by Koorsen Fire & Security, all rights reserved.

Stan Oman is the corporate trainer for pre-engineered systems at Koorsen Fire & Security

There is protection within the herd!


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Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Bitter Sweet

Bitter Sweet always seemed like an odd kind of expression, but every once in a while I see where it really applies. We had the pleasure of saying good bye to an old friend last week. Roland Allard had decided to retire. Rolly as most people know him has been with us from the day we opened. In fact upon hearing that Emile and I were opening a new business way back in 2001 he called asking if he could join us, and if he could bring his brother Fred too.

Through the years Rolly worked hard and as the company grew and developed he moved up the ladder as well. He assumed the role of service manager where his organizational skills and great customer service abilities really shone.

As the prospect of retiring became more of a reality Rolly moved into our new service coordination division. His years with the company, and knowledge of the customers made this an obvious choice. He took to the job with the same enthusiasm he gave to every aspect of his job. He was instrumental in getting that new position within Bison humming along.

Rolly’s sense of humor, his work ethic, and his kindness will be missed around our office. He made the office a better place to work.

We wish him the best in his retirement, and we know he’ll enjoy the extra time with his children, and grandchildren.

There is protection within the herd!

Emile Jolicoeur, Rolly Allard, Rob Read

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Friday, May 03, 2013

Double Diamond

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I walked into my office and what did I see,

A Shiny new package had been delivered to me.

The temptation to open was really great,

But the thought of hot tea caused it to wait.

I returned in a flash with tea steaming away

Wondering what had arrived today.

As I opened the gift and peaked within

A fancy award brought out a big grin.

Ansul’s Double Diamond award a first for the herd

Had snuck its way in without a single word

The award is given to the staff for hard work,

And not for the efforts of some office jerk.

I looked at it a moment and felt pride

For the efforts that come from all on our side

The award is given to very few in our land

And for it customers and staff both deserve a hand!



There is protection within the herd!

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Thursday, May 02, 2013

CFAA 2013 Annual General Meeting

The CFAA (Canadian Fire Alarm Assn.) is holding their annual general meeting June 25th, 2013 in Markham Ontario. The CFAA was established in 1973 by a group of fire alarm professionals dedicated to improvement for the fire alarm industry in Canada. This group of volunteers started a tradition of improving the fight against loss of life and property damage from the ravages of fire. Bison Fire Protection supports their initiatives and has been a member since 2005.

The meeting will cover a number of topic’s relevant to the fire protection industry that include;

  • President's Report
  • Treasurer's Report
  • Business Operations Committee
  • Strategic Planning Committee
  • Education Committee
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Industry Affairs Committee
  • Chapters Committee Reports
  • Chapter President Reports

The meeting is open to any CFAA member who wishes to attend. The CFAA has been instrumental in the education and development of many fire alarm technicians across Canada with their career training, and with the technical seminars held in a variety of provinces each year. They also publish a quarterly journal with relevant information designed to enhance service while sharing the information and new technology being provided across Canada.

Fire Protection in Canada has benefited from organizations like the CFAA. We are proud to support them knowing that they are constantly working to support us.

There is protection within the herd!

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